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Newsline: Iran summons UK Ambassador

The Iranian Foreign Ministry has summoned on Sunday the British Ambassador to Tehran, Simon Shercliff, to protest the “attack” on the Iranian Embassy in London perpetrated by a “violent group”. Tehran has further protested an “outrage against the Iranian national flag” during the protest. “The British ambassador has been reminded of the obligations contained in the 1961 and 1963 Vienna Conventions” on the protection of embassies, the official IRNA news agency reports. “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also strongly protested the UK’s failure to prevent this sad attack,” IRNA added. (https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/iran-protests-diplomatically-to-the-united-kingdom-over-a-demonstration-outside-its-embassy-in-london/ar-AA14l9TD) The British ambassador has regretted the incident and assured that he will convey Iran’s protest to his government, according to the Iranian news agency. British authorities mobilized riot troops during Saturday’s demonstration outside the Iranian Embassy. Several activists perched on the facade of the diplomatic headquarters and chanted slogans against the Iranian government and in support of women’s rights. The semi-official Iranian news agency Mehr has reported that in the last two months the British ambassador has been summoned up to four times by the Iranian government.

Newsline: Iran summons Australian ambassador

Australia’s ambassador was summoned by Tehran over comments made by the Australian prime minister regarding Iran’s internal developments, Iran’s foreign ministry spokesperson said on Wednesday according to the semi-official Nournews news agency. “It seems that the prime minister of Australia has taken a wrong approach based on false information, which does not help the relations between the two countries,” Nasser Kanaani said. (https://www.reuters.com/world/iran-summons-australian-ambassador-nournews-2022-11-16/) Since nationwide protests began over two months ago in Iran following the death of Mahsa Amini in the custody of the morality police, the country has summoned several foreign ambassadors over comments regarding protests made by their officials.

Newsline: Iran’s top diplomat demands to release national imprisoned in Sweden

Iranian Foreign Minister Hosein Amirabdolahian has held a telephone conversation with his Swedish counterpart Tobias Billström, to whom he demanded the release of Hamid Nuri, an Iranian citizen sentenced to life imprisonment for the mass executions and torture of opponents in 1988 in a prison in the city of Karaj. Amirabdolahian has warned in the call of “consequences” in bilateral relations for the “illegal detention” of Nuri, according to the official Iranian news agency IRNA. The head of Iranian diplomacy criticized the “politicization” of Nuri’s case. (https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/tehran-demands-the-release-of-an-iranian-imprisoned-in-sweden-for-the-execution-of-opponents/) Nuri was arrested in the European country in November 2019, after which a trial was opened against him in 2021 for his role in the killing of thousands of people. The executions were carried out following a secret edict issued by the then-great leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, after an armed incursion into Iran by the PMOI, an Iraq-based opposition group outlawed by Iranian authorities, according to the report published by Amnesty in 2018.

Newsline: Iran summons Germany’s ambassador

Iran summoned Germany’s ambassador on Thursday, accusing Berlin of interfering in the Islamic Republic’s internal affairs. “Some European countries, contrary to their international commitments in fighting terrorism, have become sponsors of terrorist groups,” said Iran’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ali Bagheri Kani. (https://www.reuters.com/world/iran-summons-germanys-ambassador-accusing-berlin-interference-fars-2022-10-27/) His comments were reported by the semi-official Fars news agency.

Newsline: Iran summons Danish ambassador to protest Copenhagen embassy threat

Iran summoned the Danish ambassador to protest an incident at its embassy in Copenhagen in which its ambassador was threatened, Iran’s foreign ministry said in state media. Iran state media earlier quoted Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian as saying: “It is unfortunate that, in the heart of Europe, such an attack takes place on a woman and an ambassador who has diplomatic immunity, and the police do not arrive in time.” (https://news.yahoo.com/danish-police-arrest-knife-wielding-171157805.html) Danish police said they had arrested a 32-year old man earlier on Friday after he had entered the grounds of the embassy carrying a knife. The man, an Iranian citizen, was stopped by an employee before entering the embassy building, the police said in a statement. Iran’s foreign ministry said the ambassador, Afsaneh Nadipour, had been threatened, a local employee injured, and embassy vehicles damaged. The man will have a court hearing on Saturday and will be charged with two counts of vandalism, for violence, and for breaching a section of the penal code that deals with crimes against people with diplomatic status, the Danish police said.

Newsline: Iranian Foreign Minister tells Western diplomats protests won’t lead to regime change

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian says he is telling Western diplomats that the protests in his country will not destabilize Iran. In an interview with Morning Edition’s Steve Inskeep in New York City, Amirabdollahian acknowledged the tragedy of Amini’s death, but said such incidents happen around the world and downplayed the significance of the nationwide protests. “I’m assuring them that there is not a big deal going on in Iran,” he said of his message to his Western counterparts. “There is not going to be regime change in Iran. Don’t play to the emotions of the Iranian people.” (https://www.kpbs.org/news/news/national/2022/09/27/the-protests-wont-lead-to-regime-change-irans-foreign-minister-tells-npr) Protests erupted across dozens of cities in Iran in recent days, triggered by the death of a 22-year-old woman in police custody in mid-September. The foreign minister insisted that Amini’s death is being “seriously investigated.” At the same time, Amirabdollahian cast many protests as a product of foreign media and outside agitation, though they appear to be widespread in his country. Amirabdollahian is a veteran Iranian diplomat who has been involved with long-running negotiations over its nuclear program. The U.S. is seeking to rejoin an agreement with world powers that limited Iran’s nuclear capabilities. Those talks seemed near a conclusion this year but appear to have stalled.

Newsline: Protests Hit Iranian Embassies Around the World

Protesters across the world have taken to demonstrating outside Iranian embassies following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini. There have been protests in Athens, Paris and New York, with the Metropolitan Police in London saying multiple officers had been injured in demonstrations. According to a VOA news report, around 4,000 protesters had gathered for demonstrations in Paris. (https://www.newsweek.com/iran-protest-embassy-embassies-officers-london-demonstrations-mahsa-amini-1746167) The protest began peacefully at Trocadero Square in the center of the French capital. However, as demonstrators neared the Iranian embassy, police in full anti-riot armor, backed by a line of vans, blocked their path. Tear gas was also used by police to disperse protesters. A Times of Israel report also said some protests descended into violence and that a firebomb was hurled at Iran’s embassy in Athens, Greece. According to the police, at around 1 a.m. local time, two people with their faces covered riding a motorcycle hurled a Molotov cocktail bomb at the wall of the embassy. No damage was caused, however.Amini was arrested by morality police on September 13, who accused her of breaking Iran’s strict law requiring women to cover their hair fully with a headscarf.

Newsline: Iran summons Norway, UK ambassadors amid unrest

Iran’s foreign ministry summoned the ambassadors of the U.K. and Norway over issues it argued constitute meddling in the country’s ongoing protests, according to state media. The director-general of Western Europe within Iran’s foreign ministry called out Norway’s Parliament Speaker for allegedly “prejudicing and unrealistic comments” about recent protests in Iran, according to Iran’s official news agency, IRNA. The U.K. ambassador, meanwhile, was chastised for a London-based, Persian-language “hosting of the media” that Iran believes has produced “provocation and invitation to turbulence and expansion of riots in Iran on top of their agenda,” according to a second report from IRNA. (https://news.yahoo.com/iran-summons-ambassadors-uk-norway-123312218.html) The two issues could be considered by Iran as meddling in Iran’s internal affairs, state media notes. Iran has experiencing unrest in the week since a 22-year-old woman died in the custody of Iran’s morality police as protesters demonstrate against the country’s strict dress code and clash with security forces.

Newsline: Iran will make ‘proportional’ response to Ukraine reducing ties

Iran is planning “proportional action” in response to Ukraine’s decision to downgrade diplomatic ties over the reported supply of Iranian drones to Russia, the Iranian foreign ministry spokesperson said on Saturday. Nasser Kanaani said Ukraine should “refrain from being influenced by third parties who seek to destroy relations between the two countries”, a ministry statement said. Kanaani said Ukraine’s decision was “based on unconfirmed reports and resulted from a media hype by foreign parties”. (https://news.yahoo.com/iran-regrets-ukraines-downgrading-ties-110001232.html) Ukraine said on Friday that it would withdraw accreditation of the Iranian ambassador and significantly reduce the number of diplomatic staff at the Iranian embassy in Kyiv over Tehran’s decision to supply Russian forces with drones, a move President Volodymyr Zelenskiy called “a collaboration with evil”.

Newsline: Diplomats face three major issues in talks on reviving Iran nuclear deal

Iran and the United States are struggling to overcome divisions on three major issues in indirect talks on revival of a 2015 nuclear deal while months of negotiations have entered a crucial stage. A While Tehran and Washington are set on pursuing diplomacy, a senior EU official shuttling between the parties said on Aug. 8 that a “final” offer was proposed and a response was expected within weeks. (https://news.yahoo.com/factbox-three-major-issues-bedevilling-041258187.html) Iran insists the nuclear pact can only be salvaged if the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) drops its claims about Tehran’s nuclear work. Washington and other Western powers view Tehran’s demand as outside the scope of reviving the deal. Tehran seeks guarantees that “no U.S. administration” will renege on a revived pact. But President Joe Biden cannot promise this because the nuclear deal is a non-binding political understanding, not a legally-binding treaty. The broad outline of the revived deal was essentially agreed in March after 11 months of talks in Vienna. But then talks broke down, largely due to Tehran’s demand that Washington remove its elite Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) from the U.S. Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) list and Washington’s refusal to do so. In June, one Iranian and one European official said the demand had been taken off the table to give diplomacy a chance. Several sources told Reuters that Iran had agreed to discuss the matter once the 2015 pact is revived, but in return has asked for removal of sanctions on some economic units of the Guards.